Arriving By Boat

The annual enactment of the 1539 landing of De Soto is one of several waterborne events that occur at De Soto National Memorial each year.  Boaters are encouraged to enjoy such events from a distance to insure their safety.

De Soto National Memorial is accessible by watercraft. The park is located on the south shore of the Manatee River, six miles downriver from Bradenton, Florida, near the mouth of Tampa Bay. An anchorage known as "The Cove" is located to the east of De Soto Point sheltered from the south and west, and partially sheltered from the north and east. Information about anchoring in the Manatee River and The Cove may be found by clicking here.

Important Park Rules

The following rules are important to note

  • Boats can not be tied to mangroves, benches, or other park vegetation or structures. The flutes of anchors of dingies may be set into the sand of the beach, as long as the set does not impede pedestrians or foul other craft.

  • Alcohol is not allowed in the Visitor Center, the beach adjacent to the Visitor Center, the parking lot, or the Living History Encampment.

  • The use of grills or creation of campfires is prohibited.

  • Dogs must be on a hand held leash at all times.

  • The Visitor Center and parking lot are open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. There are no other restroom facilities.

  • The park is closed after dark.

  • After hours parking is available along 75th Street NW outside the park gates.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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Mailing Address:

8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton, FL 34209


(941) 792-0458 x105

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